October 2005 Archives

Afternoon Off

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So there's this mob that wants to fight for an official Afternoon Off on Melbourne Cup day for the rest of Australia. Personally I'd rather be at work. Where would be the fun in Melbourne Cup without office sweeps and gathering round a telly and just generally being silly and having a relaxed afternoon anyway? If I had the afternoon off I'd be at home watching it by myself and it would be rather boring.

That's not to say that an extra half a day off a year wouldn't be a bad thing, but it just wouldn't be as fun a way to enjoy the race.

RuneScape

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So the first time I'd heard of this game, I saw it written "Runescape". So naturally I assumed it was called RunEscape. Then a week or two later I heard someone on the radio call it RuneScape. I still like RunEscape better :)

So anyway, Arian is somewhat addicted to it, and last night, with Stu being out and me being bored, I decided to have a go at it.

Well.

I've never played games like this before. And I'd had a few beers earlier in the evening. So saying my brain hurt was a little of an understatement :) Spent the first hour or so decorating my character and working slowly through the tutorial. Then spent the next hour or so trying to figure out what the heck was going on, and which way was up. Managed to fumble my way through a quest with a lot of help from Arian telling me which way to go. Slowly started to get an idea of what I was meant to be doing. Solved another quest more by good luck than good management, and then finally found the big picture map. Oh what a difference that would have made to have found earlier :) Ended up staying up til well past midnight, only to realise it was the start of daylight savings, and it was really well past 1am. Oops.

So today I get home from church to find Arian playing and Stu decorating a character, so I joined in. And Arian and I played literally all afternoon (while Stu did housework and slept heh).

I can see this becoming an *enormous* time waster in the near future!

Swap

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Swapped the seven two day old babies for two adults. Hope the babies will be ok with half a dozen other adults in the little tank. Will have to go and visit them from time to time.

Krib loneliness

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So I noticed my papa krib (who spends his entire life hidden in his cave) was thoroughly emaciated tonight. And mama krib hasn't been happy for ages either, and also looked a bit thin. So I decided to move mama into the big tank with papa. Papa's still in his cave. Mama was even in there with him for a while, but she's out again at the moment. Hope they both do ok.

The Mole

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Still torn. Craig or John. Find out soon.

8:36pm. It was John. Didn't surprise me. Actually one thing I forgot to mention last week, and it turned out to be possibly significant, was that John was in the back row of every single voting session. It makes sense for him to have been in the back row, because he would have gotten the answers right all the time, and they wouldn't have wanted people looking over his shoulder copying.

So anyway, congrats to Liz :)

Tradition!

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Fiddler on the Roof

Went and saw Fiddler on the Roof tonight with my uncle and aunty. It was a great show, very well done. My uncle somehow managed to get front row seats on the internet, which meant we were literally about three metres away from Topol! Although sadly he is getting old (he's like 70!) and he just didn't have the *energy* anymore. His voice was still good, but there didn't seem to be a passion there. My uncle noticed it too, and we both thought it was a little disappointing :(

But it was a great night out. I sang along to myself, but quietly, resisting the urge to sing along out loud heh :) And good to find more people to be able to go out and do this sort of thing with :):)

I noticed this morning that mum was looking very big, and wondered when she'd be popping. Well she popped this afternoon some time. At least 10-11 babies we counted. Was very excited :):):) I saw one get eaten by a krib, so fished out (pardon the pun heh) five of them and put them in a bucket. I somehow doubt any of the others will survive. But if the five rescued ones survive til Friday I'll probably take them up to Merideth who is inheriting another tank (from the dude who I originally got the guppies off in the first place).

May need to invest in a baby chamber tank for future generations though :)

Purple Hats

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Mum's rather fond of sending around those sappy motivational emails. I don't tend to forward them, but there was a cool line in one she sent round the other day:

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

Which reminded me - I actually have a pink candle sculpted like a rose, somewhere in storage.

I really must dig it out :)

Apocalypse

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Had another lazy morning, slept in for a bit and had another lovely breakfast at Ascot Provisions.

Then trekked south to a different fish shop, and got some rarish corys and some other bits and pieces. Came home and settled them in. They're so *little* compared to mine :) Then had a bit of a siesta, and then it was getting dark. Watched a rather impressive lightning show from the lounge room, had a thoroughly delicious Al Funghi from Pizza Capers, and watched the lights change green *five* times - a very rare event, and certainly a record for one night! Stu declared it a sign of the apocalypse.

Blogged most of this from the airport - which was shut down for an hour due to an electrical storm :( On the plane now, but no guarantee we'll take off - might depend if they can get a dispensation for landing in Sydney after the curfew.

All in all though it was a fantastic weekend, very glad I decided at the last minute to come!

Flying day

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Got a bit better night sleep last night. Still lazed around getting ready though :)

Went to a fishie shop in New Farm and had a look, and got some useful tips on which fish to breed.

Had a very late breakfast of Italian biscuits next to the llamas, then did some shopping for the night's dinner.

Then made a trek out to visit my uncle and auntie who were working on their plane for the day. Colin took me up for a fly in it, which was just fantabulous. I even got to fly it for a bit - *very* cool :) Crossed the state border even.

By then it was getting quite late, so came home and Stu cooked dinner while I half watched The Hunt for Red October and half annoyed Stu heh :) Don't quite know what happened to the rest of the evening, but it's bed time now :)

Miss September

Serenity

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Serenity

Had rather a lovely Saturday.

Didn't really get a good sleep, but dozed for quite a while. Meandered up to Racecourse Road for breakfast, then went fishtank shopping. The shop we went to had the most amazing marine tank display - the best I've seen outside the aquarium I think.

Came home and watched the pilot of Firefly, then played fish tanks (actually I spent most of the time doing a couple of rather tricky Sudoku puzzles heh). Then we listened to Camille Saint-Saens Symphony Number 3 (the cd acquired recently via the wonderful resource that is the interet) while I watched the sunset out the window.

Went out for Thai for dinner which was excellent, but we were a bit late for the session of Serenity we wanted to see, so went back home for a bit before heading into the city to see it there. The movie was great, and glad I watched the pilot beforehand, so I had a good idea of who was who.

All in all very fulfilling day. :):)

Who is the Mole?

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For a while I was thinking it was Liz. Then I thought it was Craig. Then last night I was thinking John. I knew Liane wasn't, but she got eliminated.

Last week Liane and Kristy were convinced that the Mole was either Liz or John. And now they're both gone.

Craig and John have both been pretty mole-like in their behaviour. John in the first week was in the team that set off in the wrong direction in the snow and only just made it back in time. Craig was in the team that went past the flags on the side of the cliff, and Liz objected to going back down, and unclipped herself costing them money. In the getting kiwis to vote themselves a state of Australia, Craig bent the rules, costing them most of their votes. But then John does really well in the shooting challenge. John raised suspicions not knowing about Juan's like of the spice girls. In the cave, Craig leads John off away from the markers. In the boats, John leaves without putting his seatbelt on straight away although blames Mark for letting go of the rope. Craig and John both were involved in poor performances in the 4wd challenge. Craig took all the camping equipment, but no money (leaving it for the mole?), but John and Liz can't get back in time. John and Craig have trouble following each others directions in the maze. But then Liz and John were both against losing money for immunity.

I'm still tending towards Craig at this point, but wouldn't be surprised if it was Liz or John either. *sigh*. The only one I've ever guessed right, quite early on, was the very first series. I guess we will find out next week :)

ITAdminServer

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I swear I should start a tech blog. Or at least a category in my main blog for tech stuff. And it wouldn't be the first time people have ended up at my blog for search terms like "upgrading emm 360 cards".

Today I want to be the only webpage in the world have "ITAdminServer" in it. Or even "ITAdminServ". ITAdminServer.exe is a process in BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). So if BlackBerry administrators see this process running on their machines, well that's what it is. It's the "BlackBerry Policy Service", or so it seems :)

A mere two and a half days from beginning of counting

<excited>

One of those days

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I've had "one of those days".

Starting at 6am waking up from a horrible dream where I'd deliberately made a friend go blind.

Tailgater number 1: (tailgaters distract me more than just about anything else on the roads, I can't just let it go because of the stress and worry that they're going to hit me), distracted me while changing gears, turning a corner, trying to avoid the passing traffic, trying to decide whether the pedestrian was close enough to the crossing to have to stop for. In the end I was distracted enough to not know which gear to put the car into and just rolled slowly over the crossing. oops.

Morning was blah. Was feeling insecure over something that happened last night, but when I told Stu about it he got sad and so I got even sadder. A very sad downward spiral.

Tailgater number 2: ever tried to find parking with someone on your butt? (and they'd been up my butt for the last kilometre) So trying to park with idiot behind me, distracted, scraped my car on another. Yay. Scratched their bumper, which the dude wants to replace, gonna be up for hundreds of dollars I reckon.

And Stu's internet connection isn't working.

Maybe I should just go to bed and get the day over and done with.

Millionaire

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Traffic sucked this morning. A few drops of rain and moronic people forget how to drive.

Work was ok. Spent a fair chunk of the day redoing a bunch of webtrends reports that I'd accidently let get overwritten with the current quarters reports.

Spent the evening catching up on the Mole (I was thinking for a while it was Liz, but Craig is certainly up there, it'll be one of them for sure I reckon), and Millionaire to watch the dude finally win it all, and sorting out 800 photos I've taken in the past six weeks, and cutting down over 400 wedding photos to 247 for uploading to conspiracy.

Harbour

Dave30

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So we had the third birthday party for my brother today. This time a surprise party with mostly train type people (and the family). Even though Dave apparently saw the early formulations of the Dave30 mailing list, he claimed it was still a surprise. Which was pretty cool :)

7kg of meat between 12 people later and I was feeling rather full on a lunch of steak, sausage, pork rissole, chicken breast (marinated) and two slices of pineapple. After all that I didn't quite feel up to eating any salad :) Forced myself to eat a handful of peas and corn tonight just so that I don't wake up at 5am starving.

Also this morning I downloaded 500 photos off three memory cards taken in the past two weeks. Over 400 at the wedding yesterday alone! I really am a sad case.

Friday and Saturday night's drinking meant I've had two rather crappy nights sleep. That and a very social weekend being out for most of it. I was feeling a bit grumpy and down most of the afternoon, thinking perhaps from lack of good sleep. Feeling a bit better after some quiet time at the computer, but about to go to bed and have an early night.

Helen

Helen and Matt

Went to another cousin's wedding today. Quite a nice day really, even if it did take up the entire afternoon and night :)

Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony, but at leat was partly in English (I remember going to these things as a kid and the entire services were in Greek). Followed by photos in Banjo Patterson park. With the reception at Ryde ex services club.

Caught up with the various uncles/cousins. Drank wine. Ate lots. Danced.

The music wasn't entirely Greek for a change which was kinda nice heh. Still too much deafening treble tho.

They also had some "traditional" dances that my parents *knew* .. it was really scary. They probably haven't danced these dances in over thirty years and yet they were dancing along as if no time had ever passed. We just grew up in the wrong generation for that sort of thing. No such thing as "dances" where there are specific dances you can learn.

I was just content to bounce along to the techno Greek music heh :)

I'll upload a piccie tomorrow or something.

Remus and Romulus

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Weren't these the founders of Ancient Rome? Why then would these be the names of planets in a remote section of the galaxy in the Star Trek universe? Surely one wouldn't have influenced the other?

Medical Shows

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Is it just me or has there been a marked increase in medical shows in the past few years? I, personally am fascinated by them. My favourite show for a long time was ER, but shows like Nip/Tuck, House, RPA, Amazing Medical Stories etc grip me. But they also scare me. Well sorta. Nip/Tuck was enough to turn me off plastic surgery (which I'd never been interested in anyway, but the procedures are positively *brutal*). In fact all surgery looks brutal. The idea if people cutting into me and poking at me and drilling holes and using screwdrivers, for heavens sake, is rather repulsive. And then there's the cancer stories and stories of what could happen when things just go *wrong* with bodies. And I'm not afraid for myself. I'm afraid of what might happen if a loved one (specifically Stu at this point) had a terminal disease or a life-threatening injury. The thought is terrifying. Have I ever mentioned I'm rather fond of Stu? Sorry, have had one too many beers I think :)

Thursday Challenge

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I haven't done a Thursday Challenge in ages, but lacking inspiration for a post tonight, I thought I'd put up an obligatory fish photo. These are from my second lot of baby kribs, with their mother off in the distance. Shown larger than life size :)

Thursday Challenge - Small

Update

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Got season 4 of TNG today. They wouldn't do it for $50, but at least matched Big W's special price of $80.

There was definitely something else I had to report an update on, although can't remember now what it was. Oh well I'll add to this on the Blackberry if I think of it in bed :)

Oh yes, that's what it was - the scode image thingie on comments is working wonderfully - not a single comment spam since I installed it!! And no complaints either from real users which is a good thing :) I suppose it'll only be a matter of time before the script bots have algorithms programmed into them to read the numbers, but for now I couldn't be happier :)

Beam me up

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So Big W had ST TNG for $80/season. So I thought "cool, I should make a start on collecting them". And my brother thought "cool, I can finish collecting them". Well my brother mostly succeeded in his mission, and I completely failed. So I thought I'd try at kmart and ask them if they'd match the Big W price. Well it so happened that they'd printed their latest advertising brochure with ST TNG for $50/season. Although when I called one store, they said no, it was $84.50. Well anyway, I thought I'd try Burwood. I asked them if they'd match the Big W price, and they said, oh we'll beat them - we have them for $50. And I thought "sweet!!" So I got my brother his remaining season, bought season 1, and put five others on layby. I am still missing season 4 though. Apparently it's a discontinued line now, which is why they're getting rid of them. So it's somewhat urgent that I get season 4 now, although I'm concerned they'll do something different, like a new super duper special version of them. Or perhaps they (Paramount) thought "oh noone is buying them, we'll give up". Well at $180 rrp per season what do you expect?? Sheesh. Sorry. /rant. ;)

Had a bookcrossing meetup in town, and a $5 steak for dinner, pretty good value really.

Or as he said to my mum - "do you feel now with your youngest turning 30" hehee :)

Had roast pork yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

And the car servicing today only cost $400 ... yay ... heh

Must be about bed time I reckon.

Week 140

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  1. Quirk:: idiosynchrosy
  2. Crystal:: vase
  3. Pet Peeve:: hate
  4. Cuban:: cigar
  5. Breasts:: big
  6. Whispers:: horse
  7. Complicated:: hard
  8. Promise me:: something
  9. Murder:: violence
  10. Filament:: tungsten

23rd Post Meme

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Neil tagged me with this the other day. The 23rd post meme.

  • Search your blog archive
  • Find your 23rd post
  • Find the fifth sentence - this is meant to say something about you
  • Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions
  • Tag five people to do the same

    Well here's the 5th sentence of my 23rd post:

    and I hate microsoft with a vengeance (unpatched sql system=secure; patched sql system=vulnerable)..

    Well that was exciting ;)
    But I don't do tagging, so if you feel like doing it anyway, go for it :)

  • Crap

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    Been feeling a bit crap most of the day.
    Now throw in loneliness.
    Yay.

    This was a favourite list before I made the big one - although strangely enough not everything ended up on the big list...

  • bright shiny coloured things - this is a big category encompassing things like fireworks, glitter, fairy lights, christmas decorations, candles, sparklers, bubbles etc.
  • Roast Pork with crackling, apple sauce and gravy, the way my mother makes it
  • warm fluffy doonas
  • John Williams music
  • my digital camera
  • ice crystals
  • warm paper that's just come out of a photocopier (also warm clothes that have just come out of a clothes dryer)
  • lying warm and dry in bed and listening to it raining outside

  • This was in my TopStuff blog, but I'm nuking it, so moving it here.

    Just a few of my favourite things :)
    This was compiled from stacks of online quizzes, and then sorted into some sort of category order.

    Movies 
    Movie:At the moment my favourite movie is Peter Pan. My longest running favourite movie would have been Labyrinth, I watched it every week for a year and a half.
    Actor:Jason Isaacs
    Actress:Nicole Kidman
    Type Of Movie:I like all sorts. I do tend to like the big Hollywood blockbuster though.
    Action movie:Terminator 2
    Animated movie:A Bugs Life or Toy Story
    Dramatic movie:The Hunt for Red October
    Funny movie:Flying High
    Kids movie:Peter Pan
    Musical:The Sound of Music
    Romantic movie:When Harry Met Sally
    Scary movie:Don't have one. I don't like scary movies. Actually I take that back. In 1991 at the end of year 12, our maths class went out to see a movie. They chose to see Silence of the Lambs. I didn't want to see it, but eventually was talked into it. The silly thing is I really liked it - I think even more than anyone else that went!
    Sci-Fi movie:Star Trek VI
      
    TV 
    Cartoon Character:Tough one. Bugs Bunny perhaps
    Cartoon:Looney Tunes
    TV Show:MacGyver. Probably ER at the moment.
    TV Station:I'd say CBS except we don't get that in Australia :) Probably channel 9
      
    Music 
    Band:Queen
    Female Artist:Maybe Madonna or Alanis Morrisette
    Male Artist:David Bowie or Billy Joel
    Concert you've been to:Either Billy Joel, David Bowie or Brian May. All very good.
    Music:80s Rock
    CD:At the moment the Peter Pan soundtrack, or some of the Harry Potter sound tracks. I also have this cd Marc burnt for me which was essentially Star Wars in techno, very cool.
    Song:Probably Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. It's been my favourite since 1986 basically.
    80s song:Gosh there's so many! You're the Voice by John Farnham was one of my earliest favourites. Don't Worry Be Happy, Electric Blue, It's the End of the World as we Know it, Love Shack, Patience, and many others are all up there
    Depressing song:Probably Spending My Time by Roxette. It came out the week I broke up with my first boyfriend, and it described exactly how I was feeling
    Love song:Possibly All I Want is You by U2
    Upbeat song:Pressure by Billy Joel
      
    Entertainment 
    Author:Roald Dahl
    Book:Star Trek VI by JM Dillard
    Kid's Book:Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
    Game:Pictionary
    Board game:Pictionary
    Card game:Cribbage
    Computer game:Spider Solitaire at the moment
    Video game:Mario Kart
    Celebrity:Aside from Jason Isaacs? :) Well aside from an actor or actress, maybe Ray Martin
    Comedian:Billy Crystal
    Hobby:Playing with Lego
    Magazine:I used to collect Smash Hits magazine. Internet.au published a photo of mine every month for three years which was pretty cool
    Radio Station:Triple M
    Show:Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and the Lion King were both spectacular
    Talk show:The Shebang on TripleM
    Thing to do:Waste time on my computer/the internet
    Thing to do during the summer:Go somewhere air conditioned
    Thing to do on a rainy day:Stay inside and play on my computer
    Thing to do on the computer:Read email, browse the internet, read blogs, look at lego etc etc
    Thing to do on the weekends:Catch up with everything I don't have time to do during the week
    Thing to do with friends:Play games
      
    Food 
    Food:Roast pork
    Breakfast:Bacon and eggs
    Lunch:6" pizza sub on italian herb and cheese bread
    Dinner:Roast pork, with crackling and apple sauce, and baked vegetables
    Drink:Orange juice
    Alcoholic Drink:Baileys
    Non-Alcoholic Drink:Orange juice
    Cold Drink:Orange juice
    Hot Drink:Hot chocolate
    Juice:Orange juice
    Soda:Solo/Lift - that's a lemon flavoured softdrink which you cannot actually get in the USA
    Cereal:Kellogs crunchy nut cornflakes
    Fruit:Strawberries
    Vegetable:Potato
    Condiment:Mustard
    Dessert:Lemon cheesecake
    Salad Dressing:Caesar
    Cake:Sponge
    Candy:Jelly beans
    Chip:Cheese
    Chocolate Bar:Flake
    Fast food:Subway
    Gum:Spearmint Extra
    Ice Cream:Choc mint
    Junk food:Chips or chocolate
    Midnight Snack:I don't eat after I brush my teeth at night
    Movie snack:Popcorn
    Pie:Apple
    Pizza Topping:Pepperoni
    Snack:Chips
      
    People 
    Name:I always liked Ariel from the Little Mermaid, but I would spell it Arielle, so people didn't pronounce it aerial
    Boy Name:Jareth ;)
    Girl Name:Arielle
    Family Member:Dunno. Maybe the little brother, although he doesn't care for me much
    Sibling:Well I only have one sibling, my brother :)
    Aunt:Probably Aunty Rhonda
    Uncle:Uncle Colin on Dad's side and Uncle Graham on Mum's side
    Cousin:Don't really have a favourite cousin, I never see them much anyway
    Friend:Luc
    Female friend:George
    Male friend:Luc and James
    Ex bf/gf:Toss up between Hao and Guy. I *liked* both of them, and still do. Even went to both of their weddings heh
    Teacher:I had a few.. Mr Allen, Mr Francis, Mr Jirsa, Mr Pynsent probably best
    Person to be with:Probably Luc and Cynthia. Always have a lot of fun with them
    Person to talk to on the phone:Peter is just about the *only* person I talk to on the phone for more than just "business"
      
    Places 
    City:Sydney!
    State:New South Wales
    Country:Australia!
    Holiday:My three trips to the USA were all awesome
    Restaurant:Does Subway count as a restaurant? If not, then how about Golden Corral, although they don't have any of them here :)
    Store:GoLo!
    Shopping Centre:Miranda Fair is pretty cool (and big)
    Hang out:The movies
    Place:My study probably
      
    Fashion 
    Article Of Clothing:My black jeans, although they are too big because Jeans West changed their sizes without telling anyone
    Clothing brand:Millers
    Clothing color:Black, although most of my clothing is blue of some shade
    Fabric:Velvet
    Outfit:Jeans and a tshirt - my uniform ;)
    Pair of underwear:That's getting a bit personal isn't it? :)
    Pants:Jeans
    Shirt:A tshirt
    Shoe:My hiking boots
    T shirt:They're all the same mostly, except different colours. I do have a Batman tshirt I got in 1989 that I can't bear to throw out
    Hair color:My hair is blonde. Although I always though Morticia's hair was very cool. And Marc had cobalt blue hair at one stage which looked fantastic
    Hair length:Long
    Hair style:Heh, no preference
    Hat:I don't wear hats
    Shampoo:Sunsilk
    Perfume:Don't wear perfume
      
    Internet 
    Online buddy:James is the only person that I have extended conversations with via email all day. They're not long emails, just conversational, and sometimes have fun threads like word association threads
    Online phrase:"heh" or *sigh* - which I actually say in real life :)
    Way To Talk To Someone (icq,phone,email-etc.):ICQ
    Website:Aside from Google and my blog, the sites that I frequent most are our local television guide, and the local 128km weather radar
      
    Time 
    Day:Saturday. The only day I can sleep in *and* stay up late, and I can do whatever I like in between
    Time Of Day:Sunset
    Month:December - Christmas and New Years yayy
    Year:1999 was a very good year. 1989 was pretty good too.
    Season:Spring
    Age:Well I was 26 in 1999
      
    Animals 
    Animal:Birds
    Bird:Cockatoos and other big parrots
    Insect:Butterfly or cicada
    Pet:My fish! Although if I had the space I'd probably get a dog for the companionship and exercise
    Stuffed animal:Does a pom pom count? I have a woollen toy I made in about 1983 that went all over the world and Australia with me
    Wild animal:Lions are pretty cool. Deer are too
      
    Plants 
    Flower:Carnation
    Tree:Liquid amber
    Pot Plant:Ferns
      
    Senses: 
    Color:Aqua
    Color combination:Red, Green and White - Christmas!
    Feeling:Feathers, velvet, warm clothes out of a drier, warm paper out of a photocopier, serotonin release, dopamine release
    Smell:Roasting meat
    Sound:Tinkling
    Taste:Bacon
      
    Other Stuff 
    Car:1997-1999 WRX
    Dream:That I could fly
    Eye color:Brilliant blue
    Grade:High Distinction :) Only got one of them once - for my Honours Degree
    Job:Out of the three full time jobs I've had since uni, probably my current one is the best
    Letter:K
    Memory:Gosh, that's a hard one. First kisses are always pretty cool. Feeling alcohol go to my head the first time was also pretty memorable.
    Number:Don't really have a favourite number. Maybe 1 or 10.
    Obsession:Lego, or Jason Isaacs :)
    Picture:That changes all the time too. There's a beautiful one of Jareth that I drew once.
    Poster:Well the only one I have up in the study at the moment is a picture of Sydney from space. I'll say it.
    Quote:Live long and prosper
    Religion:Christianity
    School Subject:Maths and Science
    Shape:Star
    Sport to play:Hockey was really the only sport I ever played
    Sport to watch:Lots of Winter Olympic sports are good
    Symbol:: and ) used in combination
    Tool:Philips head screw driver
    Toothpaste:Colgate
    Word:Antidisestablishmentarianism
      
    Thing in the whole world:Flying

    I thought the scode plugin was working, but it turned out not to be - MT-Blacklist was interfering with it somehow. And since I can't make it work with mt-blacklist enabled, I've disabled mt-blacklist for now. I actually feel a bit exposed!

    Also decided it's time to clear out a couple of my smaller blogs and turn them into static html (USA and 10030) or just get rid of them (topstuff). Maintaining five blogs is just a pain!

    Downloaded from here.

    Seems to work. Please email me if you have any problems using it.

    Comment Spam

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    The amount of comment spam that is not actually spamvertising anything, but is just putting up random links to pages on other people's blogs is growing, and it is quite disturbing. Sooner or later everyone will be blocking everyone else from commenting, and the blogosphere will start dying.

    It's also really difficult to delete, because you don't want to add people's sites to your blacklist, and so you have to delete each one individually rather than a big sweep through with mtblacklist.

    So I'm going to have a go at installing a graphical text plugin, and see if I can't stem the flow somewhat.

    Did I mention I get to keep my Blackberry? :) /me very excited :)
    Although a condition of keeping it is I have to give up my 6100 (which I hated from the first time I used it). The loadspeaker feature and its small size are the only things I'm going to miss. But I want to keep my Vodafone number, but all our Blackberries are with Telstra, so had Vodafone out today to talk pricing. Pricing is pretty much the same, so may end up doing that instead of porting the number.

    There's a default image on some models of the Blackberries called "Mountain Lake", which I recognised instantly as Moraine Lake in Canada. Well actually I thought, hang on, that looks like Moraine Lake, and went and looked up my photos from last year. Sure enough, that's what it was - spooky really :)

    Week 139

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    1. Quaint:: old
    2. Rind:: lemon
    3. Disease:: sick
    4. Queer:: eye
    5. Pork:: meat
    6. Soaked:: skin
    7. Skeleton:: closet
    8. Mold:: mildew
    9. Finished:: done
    10. Buffalo:: bison

    Week 138

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    1. Crave:: desire
    2. Whole package:: kaboodle
    3. Roommates:: college
    4. 5:30:: pm
    5. Lesbian:: girls
    6. Poignant:: touching
    7. Hurtful:: painful
    8. You and I:: us
    9. Grateful:: thankful
    10. Giggle:: grin

    Week 137

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    1. Less filling:: empty
    2. Glue:: super
    3. Surprise me:: gosh
    4. Model:: t ford
    5. Fee:: ona
    6. Microphone:: speech
    7. Choices:: decisions
    8. To the bone:: cut
    9. Run!:: hide!
    10. Appeal:: sex

    It started off with me looking at my log files to see how much traffic my site does in a month, and ended up with me getting all nostalgic and reading through my June archive page, which included the trip to Queensland where I met Stu. The path I took to get there included my referer logs list a Google search on "queensland(wild west falls)" which brings up a bunch of pictures I took of the Wild West Falls ride at Movieworld (and even one I took while *on* the ride :) ). A search for Robert Wadlow brings up the same archive page (on the second page of images). Other than that there are the usual searches for star destroyer, super man, lucius malfoy, lego, bionicle, jareth, jason isaacs, lego logo, train wreck, grand junction etc etc. Mostly all image searches bring people to this blog, not anything interesting I've said (other than my AquaOne AR-620T support forum, and my creative cockroach control page).

    I wanted to be in bed by now dammit! ;)

    Late..

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    I posted three times yesterday, that means I don't need to post tonight.. right..? :)

    Crimson Rosella

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    Snapped at my parents' place today.

    Crimson Rosella

    Industrial Relations

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    I'm sure I'm going to get flamed by someone for this, so I'll just don the asbestos suit now :)

    I've been getting annoyed about the ads on tv at the moment complaining about the industrial relations crap and how it'll be easier to fire people now, and how this can only be a bad thing for Australia. Now while as a general principle I tend to agree, I also disagree from an employer's perspective (of which I'm not nor ever likely to be), or a fellow worker's perspective. My theory goes something along the lines of this: bosses don't want to fire good workers. I am quite sure they'd be willing to make similar compromises they may be asking staff to make in order to keep a good worker. Rehiring and retraining new staff is a tedious, time consuming and costly exercise. The only people who should be worried about the IR reforms are bad workers.

    I work in the government sector, and know that it is near nigh impossible to fire a bad worker. Unless they do something illegal or whatever, you're basically stuck with them, and it's bad for morale all round (I know this, being in the same office as a "bad worker"). If IR changes mean it's easier to get rid of people like this, then I'm all for it. As Vic says, it just makes it less expensive for employers to get rid of dead wood.

    This is just my very uneducated theory, borne of no reason or interest in politics whatsoever, so feel free to flame away :)

    Was it summer today?

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    It felt like summer today. Actually it felt almost like Christmas.

    So last night the little brother calls me up (at 11:15pm!!) and says "lunch at the parents' tomorrow, 12pm". So I go righto, and enter a reminder in my phone for 11am. And then promptly forget all about it.

    So this morning I'm pottering about the house, I've done a load of washing to wash my sheets, but really not much else. Then my phone starts beeping at 11am, saying "lunch" .. and I'm going "what the?" and suddenly I remembered I was meant to be at the parents' for lunch. Thank goodness for alarms! lol.

    Lunch was all perfectly pleasant, and afterwards we played our customary three rounds of 500. Dad lost all three games, to which a round of "You're a loser" to the tune of Handel's Messiah was sung, a family tradition at such events. The weather pixie reported 32C and 14% humidity at one point, so it was hot, but not unpleasantly so. It really felt like a summer holiday day today, so even though I didn't actually achieve much, it was still quite relaxing.

    A four day week this week, making a nice transition back into a full working week after two three day weeks in a row :)

    I've commented before on how my blog readership list is all interconnected. But I discovered something new today. It seems that Huggies, a regular reader of Di's blog, is also reading and commenting on Brooke's blog. Now I know that Huggies came here once when I posted my story about how I met Stu, so I guess it's possible he may have made the connection then. Or perhaps he got there of his own accord, which would be even more freaky - I mean what are the chances of happening to see someone comment on a blog that you only read because you saw a link once in another blog you read, and someone *two* thousand kilometres away also happens to be reading it?? But then again, the internet is rather a strange place :)

    Productive day

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    Had quite a productive day today. Cleaned the study floor, put washing away, sorted out some piles of stuff to sell/get rid of/file away, sorted out my finances, started sorting out paperwork and filing. Even managed to squeeze in a conversation with Stu, who has been busy entertaining the hordes. Gosh I adore that boy, he's just about the gentlest, most lovable person I know.

    Been watching the Sound of Music on telly tonight. Even though I have it on dvd heh. My dad taped it once off tv years ago, but we never watched it on video, we just watched it every time it was on tv. In the end he taped over it heh.

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